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Buster Keaton : tempest in a flat hat

Author: Edward McPherson
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Edward McPherson traces Buster Keaton's career from his early days in vaudeville - the peak of his career. Taking what he knew from vaudeville - ingenuity, athleticism, audacity and wit - Keaton applied it to the new medium of film, and, between 1920 and 1929, was rivalled only by Chaplin as the master of silent comedy. The book celebrates Keaton in his prime - as a prodigious acrobat, brilliant writer, gag-man,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Buster Keaton; Buster Keaton; Buster Keaton; Buster Keaton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward McPherson
ISBN: 0571216129 9780571216123
OCLC Number: 56378434
Description: xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Edward McPherson.

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Edward McPherson traces Buster Keaton's career from his early days in vaudeville - the peak of his career. Taking what he knew from vaudeville - ingenuity, athleticism, audacity and wit - Keaton applied it to the new medium of film, and, between 1920 and 1929, was rivalled only by Chaplin as the master of silent comedy. The book celebrates Keaton in his prime - as a prodigious acrobat, brilliant writer, gag-man, director and actor - while also revealing the pressures in his personal and professional life that led to his collapse into drunkenness and despair. McPherson describes the behind-the-scenes life of Keaton with the kind of exuberance and narrative energy displayed by the films themselves.

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"McPherson is right on the money throughout this admirably brief book ... there is no gainsaying the vigour in McPherson's analyses of Keaton's art."

 
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